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February 19th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The state-ran Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery (RECOPE) does not have a monopoly on the import and sale of natural gas, according to a legal opinion issued by the Attorney General on February 11th.
The opinion – 017-J – was issued after Libertarian deputy Marielos Alfaro presented the idea that natural gas be excluded from RECOPE’s monopoly, allowing industrial consumers such as the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to import natural gas for their own consumption.
The idea of using natural gas as a more eco-friendly “bunker” fuel – instead of petroleum products such as diesel – for the generation of electricity has been gaining in popularity.
In the opinion, the Attorney General concluded that RECOPE’s monopoly extends only over the import, refinement and distribution of products derived from crude oil, such as diesel, gasoline, aviation fuel, and asphalt.